does a misdemeanor affect chances of becoming rn?

  1. does having a non-violent misdemeanor affect chances at becoming an rn?





    thanks!
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Depends on the state, but i believe you'll have to appear before the board of nursing.

    But be honest on all questions on anything you fill out. Lying will not help.
  4. by   Tiggur
    i have a battery charge on my record from when i was 18 and i had to write a letter telling about the situation to send in with my appication to take my boards.... i had no troubles at all... i took the advise of others i was honest and everything went well....
  5. by   donnar232
    did you ever have any problems geting a job when you mention it on a job application?
  6. by   nurseygrrl
    I agree with being honest. I'm sure you'll be fine, and it's always better to be honest up front than to have the board find out about it later...then it turns into a big deal.
  7. by   Truly_Blessed
    Ah, same question I had. I have a misdemeanor on my record. Theft by check= hot check, from 3 years ago. I am wondering if this will affect my chances to sit for boards next year.
  8. by   Busy20yo
    interesting.
  9. by   sierralafry
    What if you had a misdemeanor that was expunged from your record? Does it make a difference if it is still on your record or if they removed it?
  10. by   Spoiled1
    Quote from Truly_Blessed
    Ah, same question I had. I have a misdemeanor on my record. Theft by check= hot check, from 3 years ago. I am wondering if this will affect my chances to sit for boards next year.
    I am not really sure what a "hot check" is. Is that the same as a worthless check?? If so, it may be hard to get a job. My mom has worthless checks on her record from 8-10yrs ago, and she was still turned down for a school bus driving job! But maybe that is only here in NC. I know that you can have it expunged, if you have the money.


    ALSO...Aren't some traffic violations misdemeanor charges? Does anyone know if those kinds of misdemeanors would keep a person from getting a nursing job? I don't see how it would, but I am not totally sure. Just curious.
  11. by   Truly_Blessed
    Quote from LBHOTGIRL99
    I am not really sure what a "hot check" is. Is that the same as a worthless check?? If so, it may be hard to get a job. My mom has worthless checks on her record from 8-10yrs ago, and she was still turned down for a school bus driving job! But maybe that is only here in NC. I know that you can have it expunged, if you have the money.


    ALSO...Aren't some traffic violations misdemeanor charges? Does anyone know if those kinds of misdemeanors would keep a person from getting a nursing job? I don't see how it would, but I am not totally sure. Just curious.
    Yep, not enough money in the bank to cover a check. find it hard to believe they would count that against a person, but I am in the process of contacting the BNE about it.
  12. by   camay1221_RN
    This was the same for me also. I had a misdeanor for disorderly conduct and I was up front about it. I've had my license for almost seven years.



    Quote from Tiggur
    i have a battery charge on my record from when i was 18 and i had to write a letter telling about the situation to send in with my appication to take my boards.... i had no troubles at all... i took the advise of others i was honest and everything went well....
  13. by   Gldngrl
    Quote from busy20yo
    does having a non-violent misdemeanor affect chances at becoming an rn?





    thanks!
    it depends...your state statutes may spell out specific prohibited conduct in the health profession section. for example, it could say that x state mandates disclosure of moral turpitude offenses (lying,cheating, stealing). other states may authorize disclosure of any charges and/or convictions.
    you can look at your state code in the health profession section and then check with your state bon. i was always taught that when in doubt, one should always disclose and that disclosure may be given more importance that the offense itself as it goes to veracity of one's character.
    as to the question regarding passing a check without having insufficient funds...the reason that it should be disclosed on job interviews and the reason that it may affect hiring is because it involves veracity and fiduciary duty (esp. if the job involves handling money).
  14. by   Busy20yo
    i wonder what the cost of having a record sealed/expunged is?

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